Clinton slams Nader over presidential bid
By: Beth Frerking
Feb 24, 2008 12:37 PM EST
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham
Clinton said Sunday she hoped that Ralph Naders bid
for the president was a passing fancy and blamed him
for former Vice President Al Gores loss in 2000.
Obama on Sunday morning morning ridiculed Nader as a
perennial also-ran and suggested that the consumer
advocate's view that there is no difference between
the two major parties is partly why George W. Bush is
"Well, there you go," Obama said, non-plussed when
told by a reporter at a press conference about Nader's
announcement. "He does it every four years," Obama
added to laughs from workers still gathered at a
Lorain, Ohio, factory warehouse where he had just held
a town hall meeting."
"I think his view is unless you're Ralph Nader you're
not tough enough on any of these issues," Obama said.
"He thought there was no difference between Al Gore
and George Bush and eight years later, I think it's
obvious that he didnt know what he was talking
Obama did offer a note of praise for Nader's earlier
work to hold companies accountable, but said that his
current role as "perennial presidential candidate"
wasn't helping consumers.
He also clarified his comments from Saturday, where he
said he had been in contact with Nader. That meeting,
Obama said, came early in his candidacy.
Jonathan Martin contributed to this report.